Silverton bids farewell to historian
SILVERTON, Colo. – Silverton has lost its historian, Allen Nossaman, who died at the age of 66 from heart and diabetes problems. Nossaman had purchased the Silverton Standard and the Miner in 1963, and he continued to edit it until 1972. In successive years he was also a judge and janitor, county planner and railroad agent. As well, he was an ambulance driver and bass-drum player in the local brass band, among other positions.But it was history for which he will best be remembered. While still publishing the newspaper, he decided that Silverton’s past had been “reduced to generalities,” and set out to correct that deficiency, explains the Durango Herald. He subsequently chronicled everything about Silverton, from its miners to its haberdashers, and from its snowslides to its strawberries, all with precise and unerring detail in a three-volume set of “Many More Mountains.”Nossaman, said Duane Smith, a historian from Durango, was the “Homer of the San Juans.”Retailers in Ketchum cranky about sales taxKETCHUM, Idaho – Imposition of an additional 1 percent sales tax in Idaho, bringing the total to 7 percent in Ketchum, has local retailers cranky.Rob Santa, owner of a sporting good store, said it puts retailers on an un-even playing field. Catalog companies and Internet sellers “take enormous dollars out of this community … and put nothing back in terms of infrastructure,” he told the Idaho Mountain Express.Another retailer, Bob Rosso, said Idaho should allow real estate transfer taxes, as some Colorado resort communities have. Colorado’s Constitution as of 1992 outlawed future adoption of real-estate transfer taxes.